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The planned energy island in the North Sea is a monumental project that not only plays a leading role in fulfilling Denmark’s target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030, but also contributes to increasing renewable energy across Europe. Ramboll is supporting this visionary plan through detailed studies of the possible activities on the island. While one of the primary drivers for the project is the transmission of green power to the Danish and European shores, the project offers many other possibilities for innovative thinking and value creating infrastructure due to its size and magnitude. Innovative solutions will be essential to accommodate the outputs of windfarms, which could reach a combined capacity of up to 10 GW, equivalent to the power consumption of 10 million European households. Ramboll is studying the possibilities of developing large Power-to-X (PtX) facilities where power from windfarms is converted to products such as hydrogen and ammonia to be used in shipping and industry. Ramboll is also studying the feasibility of a data centre on the energy island. Given the ever-increasing demand for data, placing a data centre on the energy island could help secure a greener data driven future. Combined with abundant and low-cost

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Sandvik’s first nickel-iron-chromium alloy in bar and hollow bar SANDVIKEN, April 27, 2021 – Sandvik, a developer and producer of advanced stainless steels, special alloys, titanium and other high-performance materials, has launched Sanicro® 825, Sandvik’s first-ever nickel-iron-chromium alloy in bar and hollow bar, for improved performance in corrosive, high-temperature environments. Sanicro® 825 (UNS NO8825) extends the company’s growing Sanicro® portfolio of nickel alloys and austenitic stainless steels for aggressive wet, corrosive and high-temperature, pressure, acidic and seawater conditions. A high-strength alloy with minimum 40% nickel content, Sanicro® 825 has excellent corrosion resistance to acids and alkalis, superior resistance to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and good corrosion resistance to phosphoric, nitric, sulfuric, and organic acids, seawater, caustic chloride alkalis and ammoniac media. Stable, easy to machine and weld, the new alloy is ideal for use in a wide range of components and installations including heat exchangers, evaporators, offshore piping systems, seawater coolant, valves and flanges. It serves a multitude of industries including oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical, pulp and paper, pickling equipment, nuclear fuel processing and food processing. Available in three- to seven-meter lengths with an outside diameter (OD) ranging from 20mm-260mm, Sanicro® 825 offers a cost-effective alternative to superalloys such as Alloy 625 and Alloy

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There were 59 electricity procurement contracts announced in the North America region in Q1 2021, marking a drop of 24% over the last four-quarter average of 78, according to GlobalData’s power industry contracts database. Power Plant stood at first place when compared with other power tender categories in the North America region in Q1 2021 with 66 contracts and a 32.2% share, followed by Electricity Procurement with 59 contracts and a 28.8% share and Generation Equipment with 42 contracts and a 20.5% share during the quarter. The proportion of contracts by category tracked by GlobalData in the quarter was as follows: Power Purchase Agreement: 53 contracts and an 89.8% share Electricity Supply: six contracts and a 10.2% share. Solar is top technology for North America electricity procurement contracts in Q1 2021 Looking at electricity procurement contracts by the type of technology in the North America region, solar accounted for 33 contracts with a 54.1% share, followed by wind with 26 contracts and a 42.6% share and hydro with two contracts and a 3.3% share. North America electricity procurement contracts in Q1 2021: Top issuers by capacity The top issuers of electricity procurement contracts for the quarter in terms of power capacity involved in North America were:

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Twenty-eight UK businesses are ready to reap the rewards from the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s industry-leading Fit 4 Offshore Renewables (F4OR) business improvement and supply chain growth programme. The latest regional F4OR programmes, covering North East Scotland and North East England, received over 80 expressions of interest, with 28 winning companies selected (16 in the north east of Scotland[1]; 12 in North East England[2]). That brings the total number of companies being supported through the Programme to 53, with 25 companies already granted or on the journey through existing programmes in Scotland, Norfolk and Suffolk. The regional Programmes are funded by Opportunity North East (ONE) in Scotland and, in the North East of England, F4OR is part of a range of business support activities co-funded by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership as part of the North East England Technology, Innovation and Green Growth for Offshore Renewables (TIGGOR) programme, itself funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority. The Programmes will support the booming regional energy supply chain to fuel the growth in offshore renewables and stimulate supply chain mobility and transition during the green economic recovery. For the successful cohorts, the 12-month business improvement and supply

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133 turbines on site will see increased efficiency Used blades to be sustainably recycled Project, located in Sterling County, Texas, began production in third quarter of 2009 Repower expected to be complete by third quarter of 2021 RWE Renewables has partnered with GE Renewable Energy to repower its Panther Creek III onshore wind farm in West Texas, US. The repowering of Panther Creek III includes the replacement of a significant portion of the wind turbine components, including installation of longer blades and upgrading existing gearboxes. The refurbishment effectively increases the annual production for all 133 wind turbine generators (WTGs) on the site, having a total installed capacity of 215 megawatts (MW). The erection and commissioning of the project is expected to be complete in third quarter of 2021. The blades that are removed during the repowering will be processed and recycled, as a part of GE Renewable Energy’s blade recycling agreement with Veolia North America. Veolia will process the blades for use as a raw material for cement, utilizing a cement kiln co-processing technology. Nearly 90% of the blade material, by weight, will be reused as a repurposed engineered material for cement production. “GE Renewable Energy is proud to work with RWE on the

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Ahead of Scottish election ENA sets out the networks' priorities for supporting the new Scottish Government in combating the climate crisis Energy Networks Association (ENA) has today announced their five priorities to deliver in conjunction with the successful Scottish Government following the election. Align the RIIO framework with Scotland’s energy plans. Refine the planning system to support the infrastructure of the future. Make Scotland an international centre for green gas. Drive the nation-wide roll-out of electric vehicle infrastructure. Make sure Scottish homes are heated efficiently and without carbon. The political consensus for action on climate change has been central to driving progressive policies in Scotland, making it a major exporter of renewable power. As the transition to Net Zero progresses government and industry must get the right technologies in the right place at the right time to continue to ramp-up renewables and decarbonise the ‘difficult to reach’ sectors like heat, transport, and industry. The next ten years is a short period of time to deliver on the infrastructure and innovation needed to hit the 2030 targets. Strategic investment in the energy networks is foundational to all plans set out by Scottish political parties, and the regulatory environment needs to enable this. ENA members have

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Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has provided technical due diligence services and energy yield assessment to Neoen for the financing of its 404MW Mutkalampi wind farm in western Finland. Neoen has now reached financial close for the project, which will be the largest onshore wind farm in Finland, accounting for some 2% of the country’s annual production. Natural Power delivered an independent, bankable energy yield assessment and a comprehensive technical due diligence report including a review of the EPC contract, turbine O&M agreement, grid connection agreement, all power purchase agreements, construction programme, electrical design, site access and transportation arrangements, ground investigations, turbine technology, permits and environmental review, and a financial model technical inputs review. Neil Marshall, Senior Project Manager in Natural Power’s Advisory team, said: “This project really exemplifies international collaboration between our teams in the UK and France as well as growing our reach into the Nordics. We have developed a strong working relationship with Neoen’s international team over many years through our offices in France, and our track record in the Nordics provided a strong knowledge base for this particular project.”

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Bremerhaven, 23 April 2020 – The wind energy innovation cluster WAB e.V. and its Scottish counterpart DeepWind North of Scotland Cluster are deepening their cooperation with the 17th WINDFORCE Conference on 5 and 6 October in Bremerhaven, Germany: Scotland is this year’s partner country of the international offshore wind industry conference. International experts will talk about the current development of the markets, the political framework conditions, and the latest innovations in the industry. As usual, the main topics of this year's international offshore wind industry conference will be the current developments in the offshore wind supply industry, the European market and selected international markets as well as repowering, dismantling and recycling, floating wind and "green" hydrogen. Abstracts for presentation proposals can be submitted until 21 June via https://windforce.info/windforce2021/call-for-abstracts/ . The motto of WINDFORCE 2021 "Climate-protecting value creation" highlights the industrial policy significance of the future technology offshore wind. For Germany, the aim will be to support the value chain in a phase of lacking domestic offshore wind expansion to be able to participate in the long-term expansion plans in a value-creating way and at the same time to promote the internationalisation of German market players. The know-how of the supplier industry, built

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Jan De Nul orders 1,600 hp powered versatile trenching vehicle equipped with jetting swords and hybrid mechanical chain cutter. The trenching vehicle will be named Swordfish, joining Jan De Nul’s fleet of successful trenching vehicles including Sunfish, Moonfish and Starfish. This new investment further strengthens Jan De Nul’s cable-lay expertise in support of the global energy transition. Jan De Nul Group has signed an agreement with Osbit Ltd (UK) for the design and construction of a new subsea trenching vehicle, named Swordfish. Delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022. The Swordfish will be a high-powered state-of-the-art subsea trenching vehicle that can be fitted with either a jetting installation, a mechanical chain cutter or a combination of both to tackle a wide variety of soil conditions and bury cables up to 3 or even 3.5 metres deep. Wouter Vermeersch, Manager Offshore Cables at Jan De Nul Group: "The Swordfish makes the perfect addition to our existing fleet of trenching vehicles providing excellent protection for cables installed by any of our Cable Laying Vessels. With its high power, the Swordfish will be able to bury the cables deeper and thanks to its hybrid mechanical chain cutting configuration the Swordfish can also

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Lidar wind measurement campaigns can offer a number of key benefits over a traditional met mast approach to wind resource assessment in the development of wind farms. As always, to get the best data solution it’s important to take a few simple steps. Here are our top tips. In many respects Lidar can represent an improvement on traditional met masts within wind energy applications such as pre-construction energy yield assessments. Logistically, they can be rapidly deployed, don’t require any major ground works or foundations and offer a significant reduction in health and safety challenges. With the technology now mature, data produced by Lidar measurements are as accurate and bankable as a conventional meteorological wind measurements mast and can meet the requirements that the industry demands. Lidars also present an opportunity to define wind characteristics well above the height of a conventional met mast, providing wind data across the full wind turbine rotor diameter of today’s and indeed tomorrow’s wind turbines. With the opportunity to easily and quickly relocate and micro-site Lidars throughout the proposed wind development site and the ability to accurately measure wind data from ground level to an elevation of more than 200 metres, Lidars can provide an unprecedented degree

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